Science Says You Can Stop Shaving Your Genitals Now

Because it's so annoying anyway.

No judgment here, but shaving your private parts is not only annoying, sometimes painful, and expensive (if you’re into a waxing regimen that on average costs a woman $50 to $90 per session). Hey, razor costs add up too. So does razor burn (in pain and frustration). Despite the cost and aggravation, 80 percent of women surveyed by California STD researchers claim they are still into grooming their thunder from down under. If I can do a little math, that sounds like a lot of time, effort, and cash.

Anyway, a new study conducted by doctors at the University of California, San Francisco, and reported in the journal Sexually Transmitted Infections, found that people who are into hairless pussies and balls were more likely to have an STD.

From NPR

People who have "mowed the lawn" at least once in their lifetimes were nearly twice as likely to say they had had at least one STD. And "extreme groomers"—those who remove all their pubic hair more than 11 times each year—were more than four times as likely to have had an infection. "High-frequency groomers," who just trim their hair a few times a month, fell between the two extremes. They were about three times more likely to have reported an STD. Infections that affect the skin, such as HPV and syphilis, were most strongly associated with aggressive grooming.

Well, now this sure changes things, folks. Man/ladyscaping is one of those weird social things that perhaps we do (or at least, according to these numbers have done) to maybe impress others or ourselves. But Christ, people, it’s time to stop torturing yourself (and your poor, poor crotch), okay? Of course if hairless is your jam, you might want to reconsider anyway. Science is really pointing to an eventual STD.

Among the group of men and women that the study asked, about 10 percent considered themselves “extreme groomers,” the most susceptible to infection.

If you’re grooming right before sex, you’re likely to have unnoticed cuts and areas that are ready to take on bacteria and infection. There is some good news: If you keep shaving your vag, you won’t get lice down there; so there’s that.

Or, you could just listen to a doctor or your fucking soul, and stop worrying so much about the bush vs. no bush argument and just live. Or, you could listen to this doctor, who pretty much clears it all up:

"Pubic hair is there for a reason. It’s a mechanical barrier, like your eyebrows. It traps bacteria and debris. And there could be health consequences to removing it,” Jennifer Gunter, an OB-GYN at Kaiser Permanente Northern California, told NPR.